Down goes Demond


University of Iowa’s LeShhun Daniels, Jr. runs the ball Saturday during the second quarter of the game at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones lost to the Hawkeyes 31-17 with the Hawkeyes scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cinch the trophy.

Max Dible

Demond Tucker was Iowa State’s first major loss to injury on the defensive side of the ball, but how long he’ll be sidelined remains to be seen.

The nose guard, playing his first season as a Cyclone, was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle, which had an impact on both the big plays Iowa State surrendered and the team’s overall failure to stop the run.

But ISU coach Paul Rhoads, and linebackers Jordan Harris and Jarnor Jones all insisted Tucker’s absence was an insufficient excuse for the defense’s woes in the run game.

“We defended the pass, but I think we didn’t really worry about the run because we thought we kind of had the run handled,” Jones explained. “It comes from the front seven, the D-line and the linebackers, and I believe that we’ll get it right.”

Cy-Hawk rushing statistics

Iowa State

63 rushing yards on 27 attempts

2.3 yards-per-rush average

Zero rushing touchdowns

All ISU rushers

RB Trever Ryen — 23 yards, 5.8 yards per carry

RB Tyler Brown — 19 yards, 2.1 yards per carry

QB Sam Richardson — 13 yards [after sacks], 1.3 yards per carry

RB Mike Warren — nine yards, three yards per carry

RB Joshua Thomas — [-1 yards], -1 yard per carry


260 rushing yards on 45 rushing attempts

5.8 yards-per-rush average

One rushing touchdown

UI rushing leaders

RB Jordan Canzeri — 124 yards, 5.2 yards per carry, one touchdown

QB C.J. Beathard — 77 yards [after sacks], 7.7 yards per carry

RB LeShun Daniels — 56 yards, seven yards per carry